Talent HQ

Welcome to Talent HQ, the site for all things Entry Level Talent Programs.

Talent HQ allows you to find information around key processes such as how to take annual leave, the guidelines for Time in Lieu and accruing flex. Talent HQ should be your first point of contact when looking for information!

For upcoming events, announcements and team contacts check out the Talent HQ homepage. If you’d like to find more program specific information about programs including important documents, latest news OR Talent Connect – the mentoring program, just click on Quick Links.

We encourage you (Talent Participants and Placement Managers - previous, current and future) to visit the site regularly and stay up to date. Be sure to bookmark this link - https://www.stayinformed.com.au/talent-hq.


As always, we welcome your feedback. This site is a work in progress and we will continue to make improvements throughout the year.

Happy exploring,
Entry Level Talent Programs Team


Welcome to Talent HQ, the site for all things Entry Level Talent Programs.

Talent HQ allows you to find information around key processes such as how to take annual leave, the guidelines for Time in Lieu and accruing flex. Talent HQ should be your first point of contact when looking for information!

For upcoming events, announcements and team contacts check out the Talent HQ homepage. If you’d like to find more program specific information about programs including important documents, latest news OR Talent Connect – the mentoring program, just click on Quick Links.

We encourage you (Talent Participants and Placement Managers - previous, current and future) to visit the site regularly and stay up to date. Be sure to bookmark this link - https://www.stayinformed.com.au/talent-hq.


As always, we welcome your feedback. This site is a work in progress and we will continue to make improvements throughout the year.

Happy exploring,
Entry Level Talent Programs Team


  • Christmas Closedown 2019-20

    3 days ago
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    The 2019 Christmas closedown period is from Monday 23 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020 inclusive.

    During this period, you need to take leave for days that are not public holidays, you may also use flex/ Christmas flex to cover this period.

    Please ensure your leave arrangements for the closedown period are approved by 12 December.

    Public holidays

    Christmas Day – Wednesday 25 December 2019
    Boxing Day – Thursday 26 December 2019
    New Year's Day – Wednesday 1 January 2020

    Public service holiday

    Transport Service Senior Managers and Executives and award employees covered by the:

    Transport for NSW and...

    The 2019 Christmas closedown period is from Monday 23 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020 inclusive.

    During this period, you need to take leave for days that are not public holidays, you may also use flex/ Christmas flex to cover this period.

    Please ensure your leave arrangements for the closedown period are approved by 12 December.

    Public holidays

    Christmas Day – Wednesday 25 December 2019
    Boxing Day – Thursday 26 December 2019
    New Year's Day – Wednesday 1 January 2020

    Public service holiday

    Transport Service Senior Managers and Executives and award employees covered by the:

    Transport for NSW and Sydney Metro Conditions of Employment Award 2019; and the
    Roads and Maritime Services Consolidated Salaried Award 2019 are eligible to take the Public Service Holiday on 27 December 2019 subject to approval.

    Thanking you

    Entry Level Talent Team

  • Travel for Talent Forum

    11 days ago
    Travel

    Good morning,

    The 2019 ELTP Annual Forum is around the corner and those of you that are headquartered or currently placed regionally you will need to submit travel requests in order to make your way to Sydney to attend the event.

    The full day event will be held on Friday 29 November at Doltone House, Darling Island in Sydney.

    This annual event is an integral part of your development program and you’re expected to attend. If you have not already accepted the invite please do so prior to submitting your Travel Request. It’s an opportunity to access professional development, recognition...

    Good morning,

    The 2019 ELTP Annual Forum is around the corner and those of you that are headquartered or currently placed regionally you will need to submit travel requests in order to make your way to Sydney to attend the event.

    The full day event will be held on Friday 29 November at Doltone House, Darling Island in Sydney.

    This annual event is an integral part of your development program and you’re expected to attend. If you have not already accepted the invite please do so prior to submitting your Travel Request. It’s an opportunity to access professional development, recognition and program updates. As a networking event, the ELTP Annual Forum is also a valuable opportunity for you to develop supportive relationships with your fellow participants and gain professional insights from the Transport leaders in attendance.

    If you are a GRADUATE –

    Please submit a travel request in equip and (make sure you enter the Travel Services request for flights and accommodation) to arrive in Sydney first thing Wednesday morning (27th November 2019).

    You will be taking part in the next session of the regional Graduate Development Program prior to the Forum, (more information regarding this will follow). Please request accommodation for Wednesday night and Thursday night and then you will be travelling back to your HQ on Friday (Late afternoon/evening).

    If you are a CADET /SCHOLAR –

    Please submit a travel request in equip and (make sure you enter the Travel Services request for flights and accommodation) to arrive in Sydney Thursday morning (28th November 2019).

    You will be taking part in a Regional Talent Catch-up that will be held at Petersham and will commence at 1pm (more information regarding this will follow). Please request accommodation for Thursday night and then you will be travelling back to your HQ on Friday (Late afternoon/evening).

    Please complete this request in Equip ASAP. This request MUST be submitted for approval at the latest by COB Tuesday 12th Novemberin order to be approved and processed.

    If you have any questions regarding this please don’t hesitate to contact anyone in the team to discuss further.
  • Should you be nominated for a 2019 Entry Level Talent Recognition Award?

    28 days ago
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    Hi All,

    This week 2019 Placement Managers have been invited to nominate Graduates, Scholars, Cadets and VET Cadets for an Entry Level Talent Recognition Award. Talent participants can be nominated for demonstrating excellence in:

    · Customer Focus

    · Collaboration

    · Integrity

    · Solutions

    · Safety

    An award will also be provided to the Entry Level Talent participant of the year. Winners will be announced at the Entry Level Talent Forum on 29 November 2019.

    If you think you have demonstrated excellence in one of these areas in 2019, have a chat to your Placement Manager and encourage them to nominate...

    Hi All,

    This week 2019 Placement Managers have been invited to nominate Graduates, Scholars, Cadets and VET Cadets for an Entry Level Talent Recognition Award. Talent participants can be nominated for demonstrating excellence in:

    · Customer Focus

    · Collaboration

    · Integrity

    · Solutions

    · Safety

    An award will also be provided to the Entry Level Talent participant of the year. Winners will be announced at the Entry Level Talent Forum on 29 November 2019.

    If you think you have demonstrated excellence in one of these areas in 2019, have a chat to your Placement Manager and encourage them to nominate you. They will need to complete the online survey by 11:59 pm Sunday 3 November.

    You are welcome to contact the Entry Level Talent Program team should you have any questions.

    Warm regards,

    Entry Level Talent Programs
  • Network Maintenance Division (NMD) Open Session

    about 1 month ago
    Nmd

    Hi All,

    Sydney Trains Network Maintenance Division is inviting you to an information session. For Cadets and Scholars this is an opportunity to gain an awareness of the types of projects that NMD are currently undertaking. For Graduates this is the week before preferencing opens.

    Please see below detail.

    You have been sent an invite to attend our Network Maintenance Division (NMD) Open Session.

    NMD deliver routine maintenance on the railway civil, signal, electrical and control system assets on the metropolitan passenger network; and co-ordinate infrastructure incident response.

    Why Attend?

    You will learn about current and future projects and what...

    Hi All,

    Sydney Trains Network Maintenance Division is inviting you to an information session. For Cadets and Scholars this is an opportunity to gain an awareness of the types of projects that NMD are currently undertaking. For Graduates this is the week before preferencing opens.

    Please see below detail.

    You have been sent an invite to attend our Network Maintenance Division (NMD) Open Session.

    NMD deliver routine maintenance on the railway civil, signal, electrical and control system assets on the metropolitan passenger network; and co-ordinate infrastructure incident response.

    Why Attend?

    You will learn about current and future projects and what you will potentially learn and experience as a talent in our business units.

    Our business units are as follows, click on the name to get an overview:

    · Operational Technology

    · Control & Co-ordination

    · Maintenance Engineering

    · Network Operations – Network Maintenance

    · Business Operations

    You will also

    • Meet management
    • Ask questions
    • Hear future career opportunities
    • Go on tours
    • Provide feedback
    • Simply just to catch up

    Please ensure that you accept the calandar invitation to confirm your availability and please make sure you send your acceptance to us.

    Also ensure that you have discussed this with your placement manager prior to accepting the invitation

    Note: Please wear enclosed shoes, should wish to join a tour.

    Warm Regards,

    Entry Level Talent Programs

    People and Corporate Services

    People and Culture


  • Head Shave Fundraiser for the Prostate Foundation

    about 2 months ago
    Billy

    Hi All,

    On Tuesday one of our Graduates will be shaving his head to raise money for the Prostate Foundation in support of a good friend Mark Brockman.

    Message from Billy

    Mark is one of the best blokes that I know with such a positive attitude and outlook on life as a lot of you would already know.

    However, a couple of months ago Brocky was diagnosed terminally with prostate cancer, he is however fighting back through chemo and radiation all whilst brightening the lives of many others along the way.

    Please show your support and if you are able...

    Hi All,

    On Tuesday one of our Graduates will be shaving his head to raise money for the Prostate Foundation in support of a good friend Mark Brockman.

    Message from Billy

    Mark is one of the best blokes that I know with such a positive attitude and outlook on life as a lot of you would already know.

    However, a couple of months ago Brocky was diagnosed terminally with prostate cancer, he is however fighting back through chemo and radiation all whilst brightening the lives of many others along the way.

    Please show your support and if you are able to donate towards this great organisation, the funds will be put to great use via the link below.

    https://haveagoforprostatecancer.everydayhero.com/au/billy-s-shave-for-brocky

    A few things about what the Prostate Foundation do:

    • Promote and fund world leading, innovative research into prostate cancer
    • Implements awareness and advocacy campaigns and education programs for the Australian Community, health professionals and Government
    • Supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer through evidence-based information and resources, support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses

    What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

    In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. In the later stages, some symptoms of prostate cancer might include:

    • Feeling the frequent or sudden need to urinate
    • Finding it difficult to urinate (for example, trouble starting or not being able to urinate when the feeling is there or poor urine flow)
    • Discomfort when urinating
    • Finding blood in urine or semen
    • Pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips

    These symptoms may not mean you have prostate cancer, but if you experience any of them, go and see your doctor.

    What are the risk factors?

    Factors that are most strongly linked to an increased chance of developing prostate cancer:

    • Age: Prostate cancer is an age-dependent disease, which means the chance of developing it increases with age. The risk of getting prostate cancer by the age of 75 is 1 in 7 men. By the age of 85, this increases to 1 in 5.
    • Family history: If you have a first degree male relative with prostate cancer, you have a higher chance of developing it than men with no such history. The risk increases again if more than one male relative has prostate cancer. Risks are also higher for men whose male relatives were diagnosed when young.

    How is prostate cancer detected and diagnosed?

    A doctor will usually do a blood test and/or physical examination to check the health of the prostate.

    • Blood test (Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test): The result shows whether there is an increase in this specific protein. Depending on the result, you might need further investigation by a specialist. A high PSA test result does not necessarily mean cancer. Prostate diseases other than cancer can also cause a higher than normal PSA level.
    • Digital Rectal Examination (DRE): Because of where the prostate is located, the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to check the size of the prostate and assess if there are any abnormalities. A normal DRE result does not rule out prostate cancer.

    Reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer:

    There is no evidence that the following protective factors can stop prostate cancer from developing, but they can improve your overall health and possibly reduce the risk of prostate cancer:

    • Diet: Eat meals that are nutritious. Refer to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. What is good for the heart is good for the prostate.
    • Physical activity/exercise: There is some evidence to show that physical activity and regular exercise can be protective factors for cancer. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes of a day.

    Kind Regards,

    Billy Zappas

    Project Engineer

    Regional Maintenance Southern | Regional & Freight

    T- (02) 4222 3247


  • Have you completed your PMES yet?

    5 months ago
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    It's time to have your say in the 2019 People Matter Employee Survey!

    The 2019 People Matter Employee Survey (PMES) is now open! Check out Rodd’s launch video here.

    The annual survey is an opportunity for employees across NSW to have a say about their organisation, manager, job and team. We want everyone to take part, including entry level talent, part-time staff, and contractors.

    When you begin the survey, you will first be asked where within Transport you work. Could you all please respond to this question by selecting where you are currently placed in the Transport Cluster....

    It's time to have your say in the 2019 People Matter Employee Survey!

    The 2019 People Matter Employee Survey (PMES) is now open! Check out Rodd’s launch video here.

    The annual survey is an opportunity for employees across NSW to have a say about their organisation, manager, job and team. We want everyone to take part, including entry level talent, part-time staff, and contractors.

    When you begin the survey, you will first be asked where within Transport you work. Could you all please respond to this question by selecting where you are currently placed in the Transport Cluster. If unsure of your location please see your placement manager.

    So if you haven’t already, please jump on and do the survey now! It shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes.

    To complete the survey, scan the QR code below with your mobile phone camera or click here.


  • We'd like to know what you think

    7 months ago
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    Hi All,

    Transport is currently undertaking research into what it’s like to participate in our Entry Level Talent Programs (ELTP). We’d like to understand why you chose to work here, so we can figure out what attracts great people to our ELTP and how best to market our programs.

    We need honest insights from the people who know ELTP better than anyone, and who knows us better than you? We would like you to participate in this short voluntary survey to help build that picture.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

    The survey is anonymous, no identifying data will be...

    Hi All,

    Transport is currently undertaking research into what it’s like to participate in our Entry Level Talent Programs (ELTP). We’d like to understand why you chose to work here, so we can figure out what attracts great people to our ELTP and how best to market our programs.

    We need honest insights from the people who know ELTP better than anyone, and who knows us better than you? We would like you to participate in this short voluntary survey to help build that picture.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

    The survey is anonymous, no identifying data will be captured and information will be aggregated for analysis.

    We need to build a realistic picture of working here – tell us what you enjoy, what you don’t and what keeps you coming back.

    Please complete the survey by COB 6 May 2019

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

    Thank you for your participation.


  • Additional half day flex for Easter

    8 months ago
    Easter
    On Thursday 18 April 2019, the day before the Easter weekend, you can leave work early from 12 noon onwards!
    Make sure your placement manager has granted approval for an additional half day’s flex. You will also need to ensure that you have worked a minimum of half of your ordinary daily hours before leaving (e.g. 3.5 hours for full time staff).
    If you have to work on the Thursday afternoon, you can take the additional half day flex on Tuesday 23 April. It cannot be taken on any other day.
    Approval to take the additional time off is...

    On Thursday 18 April 2019, the day before the Easter weekend, you can leave work early from 12 noon onwards!
    Make sure your placement manager has granted approval for an additional half day’s flex. You will also need to ensure that you have worked a minimum of half of your ordinary daily hours before leaving (e.g. 3.5 hours for full time staff).
    If you have to work on the Thursday afternoon, you can take the additional half day flex on Tuesday 23 April. It cannot be taken on any other day.
    Approval to take the additional time off is subject to maintaining business and customer service requirements.
    The time taken from work must be made up within the settlement period. If the time is not made up, you must submit a leave application.

    Recording attendance:
    • Simply record your start time and end time on your timesheet.
    • In the comment column type “Easter half day flex”.
    • Do not enter the flex code as the timesheet is locked to only allow one flex day to be taken in each settlement period.
    • Do not enter a lunch period.
  • Join an innovation conversation

    8 months ago
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    Innovation Conversations are lanyards-off evening events which bring people across the Transport cluster together to connect, collaborate and learn with like-minded colleagues. You’ll be inspired to think creatively and cultivate ideas to co-create the future of Transport.

    This month's guest speaker is extreme adventurer Justin Jones, a dual Guinness World Record setter, documentary maker and presenter. Along with his expedition partner, Justin kayaked over 3300kms from Australia to New Zealand and a few years later skied from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again in an 89-day expedition!

    When: Wednesday 10 April 2019 from 5pm to...

    Innovation Conversations are lanyards-off evening events which bring people across the Transport cluster together to connect, collaborate and learn with like-minded colleagues. You’ll be inspired to think creatively and cultivate ideas to co-create the future of Transport.

    This month's guest speaker is extreme adventurer Justin Jones, a dual Guinness World Record setter, documentary maker and presenter. Along with his expedition partner, Justin kayaked over 3300kms from Australia to New Zealand and a few years later skied from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again in an 89-day expedition!

    When: Wednesday 10 April 2019 from 5pm to 7:30pm (doors open at 4:30pm).

    Where: The Ivy Ballroom, Level 1, 320 George Street, Sydney

    Finger food will be provided, along with vegetarian options. Soft drink, water and juice are available while other drinks can be purchased at the bar.

    Register now . Space is limited, so get in quick!

  • Talent Catch Up - Briefing Notes

    9 months ago
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    A big thank you to the 84 participants who attended the Talent catch up on ‘Briefing Notes’ held in Petersham on Tuesday 26 February. The auditorium was packed for our best attended catch up yet! We started the session by practicing how to write in plain English and finished up with an introduction to briefing notes. If you missed out on the session, check out the slides here and read through the following documents:

    A big thank you to the 84 participants who attended the Talent catch up on ‘Briefing Notes’ held in Petersham on Tuesday 26 February. The auditorium was packed for our best attended catch up yet! We started the session by practicing how to write in plain English and finished up with an introduction to briefing notes. If you missed out on the session, check out the slides here and read through the following documents:

    Please note: these documents are only accessible if you are logged onto a Transport computer. You can also find them by entering their titles into the search bar on the TfNSW intranet.